Actor Mike Colter in town for Soda City Comic Con

Colter spoke to fans Friday morning after the press conference. Karamie Sullivan photos.

Many Columbia residents are likely to see a few “super heroes” walking the streets this weekend. The Soda City Comic Con is being held at the Columbia Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. The event is known best for its attendants, who often go all-out to dress up in their favorite comic characters’ costumes. This year, Columbia is welcoming special guest Mike Colter to the event, who spoke at a press conference Friday morning.

Colter is a native of South Carolina, and a University of South Carolina Alumni. Comic Con fans know him best as Luke Cage, the Marvel character who is a part of the Netflix series Jessica Jones. The series led into a solo Luke Cage series in 2016, and a team-up series bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist as The Defenders in 2017. The second season of Luke Cage premieres in June.

Non-comic book fans may know Colter from the long-running NBC series ER, the award-winning Clint Eastwood production Million Dollar Baby, Law and Order: Trial By Jury, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, TV series The Good Wife, or American Horror Story: Coven.

Colter said it’s special for him to be back in Columbia. “I honestly did not know you guys did Con, so when they asked me I said, ‘Yeah sure I’d love to be a part of it.’ I’m essentially on campus here, this is my old stomping grounds,” he said. “To be in the city of Columbia is special. I feel comfortable here, it’s a nice chance to see some family and friends, so I’m grateful.”

According to Colter, his main role throughout the weekend will be to mingle with the Comic Con attendants. “Basically just meet the fans. Sometimes they’ll bring in comic books or memorabilia to sign,” he said.

Soda City Comic Con is held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at

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